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Two Koreas Form Single Ice Hockey Team for the Winter Olympics…

The two countries have had limited direct talks excluding America….

The two Koreas announced on Jan. 17 plans to march jointly under one flag when the games starting Feb. 9 in the South Korean ski resort of Pyeongchang. In addition to the hockey team, the two countries will conduct some activities in North Korea, including a joint cultural event at Mount Geumgang and training for skiers from both countries at the Masikryong ski resort on the east coast.

It will be the first time the two Koreas have marched together during the opening ceremony of an international sporting event since 2007, and the ninth time overall, according to South Korea. The two Koreas haven’t competed under a single banner since 1991.

While the detente was praised by officials at the United Nations and breaks months of brinkmanship over Kim’s nuclear program, tensions remain. On Wednesday, just as the two countries were announcing the Olympics agreement, a North Korean state-run newspaper also called on South Korea to stop its military drills with the U.S….

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NHL Islanders will have to wait for 3 years for their new home….

They will be getting a new 18,000 seat arena at the Belmont racetrack in Elmont, NY….

But things WILL take time….

Paperwork….

Environmental review and approval…

Possible legal challenges…

Constructution…

Moving in….

Meanwhile?….

It looks like they will be playing back in their smaller Nassau Coliseum home….

The arena is expected to take 26 to 30 months to be built, according to a source directly involved in the process, which is a standard time frame for an arena. The project’s hotel and retail stores could take longer, but the arena will be the priority because it is the “driver” of the project, the source said.

The Islanders’ new arena was designed by architect Jason Carmello of Populous, whose resume includes recently built hockey arenas in Las Vegas, Quebec City and Pittsburgh.

The construction will be done by Sterling Project Development, the Wilpons’ real estate development agency that built Citi Field and was involved with the Minnesota Twins’ Target Field, among other sports stadiums and developments.

Richard Browne, a partner in Sterling Project Development, described the company at a public hearing in Elmont last month as “thoughtful developers. We don’t build and then move on. We build where we live and we keep on it and we manage our developments very much like you would develop your own home.”

Construction at Citi Field, for example, began in November 2006 and the stadium opened 28 months later for the start of the Mets’ 2009 season. Browne said construction on Citi Field was completed on time and came in $40 million under budget.

Construction on the new Yankee Stadium began in August 2006 and it opened in April 2009 — a span of 32 months.

It’s important to note, though, that no two stadium timelines are alike. Barclays Center in Brooklyn was approved in March 2005 but the start of construction was delayed more than five years because of various lawsuits. It opened 30 months later….

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Rumor Control…Nick Saban to the NY Giants?

I do NOT believe this is possible folks…

But the NY Daily News is out with the story this morning…

The NY Giants DO need a new coach….

But Saban leaving Alabama?

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If the Giants cannot lure Bill Belichick to New York, perhaps they could go for Nick Saban instead.

Recently retired Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians told Colin Cowherd on FS1 that Saban “covets” the Giants job but a source told the Daily News that any Giants interest in Saban is “ludicrous.”

The Alabama head coach won his fifth championship in 11 seasons on Monday night and Arians opened the floodgates with comments Tuesday that he would not be shocked if Saban left what he’s built for the Giants.

“There’s a job he covets. It just happens to be open,” Arians said. “But he’s got a dynasty right now. Another dynamite recruiting class. Why he would do it? I don’t know. But it would not shock me if he did.”…

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Alabama win’s the 2018 College Football Championship with a come back from behind freshman QB….

To tell ya the truth?

I went to sleep right after the halftime music acts….

I missed a Great recovery….

Nick Saban gets MAJORITY Props….

His stating QB couldn’t throw long….

Saban pulled him….

Tua Tagovailoa came out of nowhere to lift Alabama to a national championship.

He put in a kid that just got into college….

THAT was the key….

Alabama’s Defense stiffened…..

The team just get their shit together and came back….

Overtime….

Georgia get’s a kick to lead by 3…

The Alabama QB scrambles around and gets dropped for a loss….

Saban is besides himself on th sidelines….

Then?

Alabama freshman Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoasteps back and throws a bullet to another freshman receiver DeVonta Smith for the win….

“We needed a spark,” coach Nick Saban said.

So the Crimson Tide pulled their starting quarterback in favor of a freshman who suddenly found himself on college football’s biggest, brightest stage.

And it worked.

Tua Tagovailoa led the Tide on a grinding second-half comeback Monday night that ended with a 41-yard overtime touchdown pass to defeat Georgia 26-23 in the College Football Playoff championship game.

The play before his winning pass, Tagovailoa had taken an ill-advised sack. It didn’t faze him.

“I just took a shot downfield,” he said.

With the victory, Saban joined the legendary Bear Bryant as the only college coaches to win six national titles.

This one would require every screwdriver, ratchet and wrench in his tool box.

“Someone tried to give me a game ball,” he said. “I don’t think you give anybody a game ball. It has to be a team ball.”

This was a game that looked nothing like a nail-biter in the early going…..

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Alabama will play Georgia for the Mens College Football Championship

Watched a lot of good college football on Monday….

And there were surprises….

The winner for the 2017 season will be worked out in the Monday night game on Januaray 8th in Atlanta….

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It’s only fitting that Atlanta, home to the SEC title game, is hosting the all-SEC College Football Playoff National Championship presented by AT&T.

No. 4 Alabama didn’t play for the SEC title this year because it didn’t win the SEC West, but the Tide will have a chance to finish the season as the best team in the conference andthe country when they face SEC champion and No. 3 seed Georgia at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Georgia, which will be playing roughly 70 miles from its campus in Athens, will be the first team to play a national championship game in its home state since LSU played in New Orleans in 2012, when it lost to Alabama. That was also the last time two teams from the same conference played for the national title.

While this game will feature an abundance of talent at every position, the playmakers on both defenses are particularly elite. Georgia linebacker Roquan Smithwon the Dick Butkus Award this season as the nation’s best linebacker, and Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick won the Chuck Bednarik (defensive player of the year) and Jim Thorpe (best defensive back) awards. Alabama entered the Allstate Sugar Bowl against Clemson allowing an FBS-low 11.5 points per game and held the Tigers to just two field goals. That stingy group will be tested against a Georgia offense that racked up 527 yards in a 54-48, double-overtime win over No. 2 Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual. Georgia’s defense, meanwhile, entered the Rose Bowl ranked third nationally in scoring defense (13.2 points per game), holding opposing offenses to 158.3 passing yards per game, second in FBS. It did, however, allow OU a whopping 531 total yards.

Alabama and Georgia didn’t play each other during the regular season, and they haven’t met since 2015, when then-No. 13 Alabama beat then-No. 8 Georgia 38-10. The last time these teams played in Atlanta was the 2012 SEC title game, in which Georgia lost 32-28 after falling short on its final drive. It has been a while, but these teams — and their head coaches — are quite familiar with each other….

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Has LeBron James gotten Better?

The National Basketball League star iconic player has been  playing for 15 years….

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LeBron James turns 33 on Saturday, and you don’t need advanced statistics to tell you that he is still playing amazingly.

Coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors went a bit further this week: “How many players are better in Year 15 than in Year 10? … Go down the list: Michael, Bird, Magic, Wilt, Kareem, Bill Russell. A lot of them didn’t even get to 15 years. Were any of them better in Year 15 than in Year 10? I can’t imagine.”

Athletes in most sports peak in their late 20s. But could Kerr’s contention be true? Could James actually be playing better at 33 than at 28?

Certainly James’s 15th year ranks at the very top among players so deep into their careers. James’s average of 27.8 points per game is the highest of any player in Year 15, surpassing Karl Malone’s 1999-00 season and Kobe Bryant in 2010-11.

It helps that James, like Bryant, started early, coming into the league straight from high school. It is better to be 33 during your 15th season than 35 or 37.

But even comparing him to those his own age, he comes out well. Of players at age 33, James’s 27.8 points a game would rank fifth all time, according to Basketball-Reference, behind Dominique Wilkins, Michael Jordan, Alex English and Bryant….

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The United States of America will contest the 36th America’s Cup/Auckland 2021

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The United States is back to try to get their Cup back. The New York Yacht Club which won the oldest Trophy in International Sport back in British Waters 1851 and then renamed it the America’s Cup will contest the Competition 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand. The NYYC will be represented by Bella Mente Racing with assist from Quantum Racing. Their Skipper will be American Terry Hutchinson, Helmsman will apparently be New Zealander Dean Barker.
The Entry-Period for additional Teams besides the Challenger of Record Luna Rossa Challenge from Italy will open on New Years Day (1st January 2018) and run 6 month until the 30th of June 2018….

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Emirates Team New Zealand welcome the announcement that the New York Yacht Club will challenge for the 36th America’s Cup.

 To have the most famous yacht club in America’s Cup history back after a 14 year hiatus is a significant boost to the event and the principles of tradition and fair play which the Protocol for the 36th America’s Cup is built on.

Grant Dalton, CEO of Emirates Team New Zealand was quick to welcome the news of the challenge having had long associations with two of the key yachtsmen leading the Challenge- Doug DeVos and the CEO Terry Hutchinson- formerly Emirates Team New Zealand tactician in Valencia in 2007.

“As exciting as it is to have a challenge from the New York Yacht Club, I am equally enthused having Hap Fauth, Doug & Terry in the America’s Cup. They are all highly respected and successful individuals and have no shortage of achievements in the top level of competitive monohull sailing in the Maxi72 class and the TP52 classes with series wins and World Championships to their names.”

“There is no question that they will be a formidable Challenger.”…

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Belmont Park LI development decsision down to two sports teams…

At this time the clubs having bids considered by the New York State Empire Development Corp……

New York Islanders

New York City FC soccer club

It is believed that the wining bidder will build a sports stadium, hotel and maybe some retail…..

There have local two local public meetings about the decision, which will be made by the state board whose head is picked by New York State Governor Cuomo…

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They would like to buld a 20,000 seat NHL regulation venue…..They are leaving the Broolyn Barcley’s  Center after not being happy with set up and conditions  there….

Belmont is located in Nassau County where a good amount of their fan base is located….The site has train access and several major highway ‘s running by it…

National Hocket League season is 82 games from October thru April and a bit beyond for champship games….

From  the end of the season to that fall there venue will need to attract revenue generating events to pay its bills….In addition, the  car traffic and up to 20, 000 [eople in one place will require addtional support from the Nassc County Police (Or NY State Police), New York City Police (Traffic / The location is a few feet from  the Queens NYC line) as well as the Elmont Fire Department, which a volunteer operation….

One assumes that the state will consider a way to distrubute ‘fee’s in lieu  of taxes’ to the country and loacl Fire Departements since the property belongs to New York State NOT Nassau County which must supply the above listed support…

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NFL Head Roger Goodell gets his contract extension…

So much for the Cowboys owner Jerry Jones crying in the media…

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The NFL’s compensation committee — of which the Patriots’ Robert Kraft is one of six members — sent a memo to all 32 owners on Wednesday advising them “that a binding contract extension has been signed by the Commissioner and by [Falcons owner] Arthur Blank, on behalf of the League entities.”

Blank is the chairman of the compensation committee, and Wednesday’s announcement all but seals a victory in a power struggle with Jones, who had a nasty back-and-forth with Blank and threatened a lawsuit against the NFL if it went ahead with its contract with Goodell.

Jones was displeased with Goodell’s compensation package, which per multiple reports will be $200 million over five years, based mostly on incentives. But the compensation committee has reminded Jones repeatedly that the NFL owners voted, 32-0, in May to give the committee the power to execute an extension with Goodell….

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Russia banned from next year’s Winter Olympics…

Is Russian President Putin gonna let this be?

Russia has been banned from participating in next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea as a result of an extensive, systematic state-backed doping campaign uncovered during 2014’s Sochi Winter Olympics, per The New York Times. The report branded the penalties against Russia as “so severe they were without precedent in Olympics history,” though Russian athletes with impeccable drug-testing records might be allowed to compete under a neutral flag.

Why it matters: The decision will likely only serve to exacerbate tensions between Russia and the West as Russia routinely uses the Olympic Games to showcase its athletic prowess to the rest of the world…

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The NY Giants fire their Head Coach McAdoo and General Manager Reese….

’bout time….

Both Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese are canned as the Giants continue to spiral and now sit at 2-10.

The Giants have fired Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese, the Daily News confirmed.

Benching Eli Manning and making the franchise quarterback cry for the world to see was the last straw for McAdoo. Reese, despite two Super Bowl wins in his first season of 2007 and in 2011, has missed the playoffs five of the past six seasons primarily due to his mismanagement of the roster and draft.

Only 10 of Reese’s 43 draft picks from 2010-2015 remain on the team. And his refusal this offseason to upgrade the offensive line was nothing short of malpractice. He was spared two years ago when Tom Coughlin was shown the door but couldn’t survive a second plummeting of the team on his watch.

Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch also canned McAdoo as head coach Monday morning, less than two full seasons into a four-year contract, with the Giants an unthinkable 2-10 coming off Sunday’s 24-17 loss to the Raiders at the Black Hole in Oakland. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will take over duties as head coach, with assistant GM Kevin Abrams as GM, according to NFL Network….

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NY Giants Bench Eli Manning…Will go with Geno Smith….

 

Plenty of Big Blue alumni are questioning the way the Giants decided to bench Eli Manning.

Amen!…

I have been preaching that old Eli Manning is long gone….

NY Giants fans that I talk to think the guy is the second coming…

He isn’t…

The two time Super Bowl ring guy has long passed his peak….

In a team with just two wins in the session ?

It is rocket science that a coach putin his other quarterbacks….

Yesterday the sports talking heads were complaining about two things…..

Eli’s number of consecutive game starting numbers and Geno Smith….

This dog really doesn’t care….

Eli needs to take a rest….

Period…

For next season?

The NY Giants need to get rid of the coach, and general manager….

They need to draft a moving QB and go on a search for Offensive linemen…..

The NY Giants need a future….

That future does not include Eli Manning…..

The Giants are benching Eli Manning to start Geno Smith on Sunday in Oakland and to play Davis Webb at some point late this season too.

“Geno will start this week,” McAdoo said in a statement Tuesday. “Over the last five games, we will take a look at Geno, and we will also give Davis an opportunity.”…

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The Air Jordan 6 “UNC”….

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Air Jordan 6 "UNC"

Michael Jordan’s first championship shoe, the 1991-released Air Jordan 6, has an extremely busy month ahead. There are, of course, the two “Like Mike” styles in White/Orange and green suede due out in December – the latter of which is considered the greater of the duo in terms of hype. Yet for many others, it’s the Air Jordan 6 that lightly honors MJ’s time at Chapel Hill that stands as the must-have release of the holiday season.

The Air Jordan 6 “UNC,” or more properly titled Black/University Blue, is a throwback edition of the Air Jordan 6. It is to the “Infrared” what the “Like Mike” in White/Orange is to the “Carmine.” Lush noir construction is perfectly offset by sky blue accents while a partially translucent sole unit captivates below.

Take an official look at the “UNC” 6s below and let us know if you plan to grab this must-have drop on December 2 via Nike SNKRS….

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NFL national anthem kneeling continues….

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The owners have left this alone…

Donald Trump is still making noise, which will keep this going….

The NFL  Pro football season goes on….

At least seven players protested during the national anthem prior to Sunday’s early NFL games, The Associated Press reported.

Philadelphia Eagles players Malcom Jenkins and Rodney McLeod raised their fists during the anthem, while teammate Chris Long put his arm around Jenkins.

Miami Dolphins players Kenny Stills, Julius Thomas and Michael Thomas all knelt prior to their game.

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters and Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews each stayed off the field during the anthem prior to their respective games.

Many of the players with the Indianapolis Colts locked arms on the sideline, the AP reported.

New York Giants defensive lineman Olivier Vernon took a knee during the anthem before the team’s game on Thursday night.

NFL players have protested social justice issues, such as police brutality, since the 2016 season,….

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Mike Francesa manage the Yankees?…Huh?

He’s a talking head…

He ain’t no coach….

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The Yankees are still looking for a new manager and the Sports Pope believes he’s qualified.

On his Monday show, WFAN host Mike Francesa said he feels he has what it takes to be the manager of the Yankees after being asked if he’d ever take the job if offered.

“Do I think I can manage the Yankees? Sure, but I’m not gonna get a chance to manage the Yankees,” Francesa said to a caller in audio captured by Twitter user Funhouse.

The caller tried to make the argument that if Donald Trump can be President, Francesa can be the Yankees manager.

“I definitely could, but the point is they’re not going to hire me to do that because they’re going to hire someone who either spent 20 years playing the game or spent that time as a coach or a manager and I understand that,” Francesa said. “Just like they’re not gonna give someone my radio show who doesn’t have any experience at least behind a microphone.”…

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Trump getting no’ pat on back’ from freed UCLA basketball player’s father tweets he should have left the player’s in jail….

Donald Trump IS well?…..

Donald Trump…

He doesn’t do much of anything because of any other reason except boosting HIS EGO…..

The UCLA basketball played who are accused of shoplifting and where held in China did in fact thank President Trump for asking the Chienese leader to release them….

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LaVar Ball, the mercurial father of one of players didn’t….His ego is is about the size of Trump’s….

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The players faced potential jail sentences for the charge, but Trump reportedly spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping about resolving the situation. The players were released, and landed in the United States last week.

Trump took credit for their release, and questioned in a tweet whether the players would thank him.

The players subsequently held a press conference last week in which they apologized for the incident and thanked Trump.

ESPN on Friday asked LaVar Ball about Trump’s role in bringing his son back to the United States.

“Who?” Ball responded. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”…

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